Updated: Feb 23, 2018 3:19 pm
If you’ve got green fingers, you might already know what the best winter indoor plants are, but if not, we’ve put together a guide to some of our favorites to brighten up your home. During the cold months, you might not get out into nature as much as you’d like, so why not bring a little bit of nature inside? A few indoor plants here and there can really spruce up your place. These green beauties also make fantastic gifts for someone who loves nature or doesn’t have a garden.
1. Best Winter Indoor Plants - Watermelon Peperomia (Peperomia Argyreia)
The Watermelon Peperomia gets its name from its leaves, which have shiny silver and green bands, kind of like a watermelon. This pretty plant’s rounded leaves have pointed tips that are roughly four inches long and three inches wide. The Peperomia is very easy to grow and needs minimal care. It does best in bright, indirect light and needs water only when dry.
Where to buy: Amazon, $4.99
2. Indoor Plants in Winter - Purple Swedish Ivy Plant (Plectranthus)
A fast-growing beauty with soft and fuzzy purple-tinged leaves, the Swedish Ivy Plant looks great in a hanging basket. It’ll grow upright just enough to cover the whole basket and you can trim it as necessary. It has a strong fragrance, loves the sun, and is very hardy. Keep it inside in the winter and move it outside come summer.
Where to buy: Amazon, $4.99
3. Winter Houseplants - Aloe Vera
Although the Aloe Vera plant is known for its topical medicinal benefits, it also has pollution fighting and air purifying properties. With its minimalistic beauty, it looks great in any home. It doesn’t do well in extremely cold temperatures and direct sunlight will burn it, so a nice spot indoors with indirect light is perfect. It only needs to be watered when the soil is completely dry.
Where to buy: Amazon, $9.11
4. Best Winter Indoor Plants - Colorama Madagascar Dragon Tree (Dracena Marginata)
The Colorama Madagascar Dragon Tree is a colorful plant with long, thin, stiff leaves. It’s tough and easy to grow with strong roots that make it drought-tolerant. Although a bright, indirect light is best, they can survive in a low indoor light, too. All you have to do to care for it is make sure that the soil is neither wet or dry — just evenly moistened.
Where to buy: Amazon, from $9.99
6. Best Indoor Plants For Winter - Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea Elegans 'Bella')
If you’re worried about your ability to keep a plant alive, then the Parlor Palm is the houseplant for you. It’s one of the most popular palms in the world precisely because it is nearly impossible to kill! It has the ability to survive in low light, drought, and general neglect. It is very versatile; you can group it together with other plants, but it’s just as pretty as a stand-alone plant.
Where to buy: Amazon, $11.00
7. Great Indoor Plants For Winter - Waves of Love (Anthurium)
The Anthurium plant is also called “The Waves of Love” due to its long, wavy leaves. This tropical plant originated in Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil, and is very easy to grow. It requires minimal care no matter whether it’s inside or — if you live in a mild climate — outside. It needs to be kept evenly moist and does best in a north- or east-facing window or under bright, indirect light.
Where to buy: Amazon, $14.99
8. Great Indoor Winter Plants - Philodendron
Another virtually indestructible houseplant, the Philodendron is a no-nonsense, easy-to-care-for plant with an added bonus: It filters indoor toxins from the air. It grows upright and has large, tropical-style lobed leaves. Keep it anywhere in the house in bright indirect light, and only water it when the top of the soil feels dry.
Where to buy: Amazon, $9.99
9. Best Winter Houseplants - Hawaiian Umbrella Tree (Arboricola Schefflera)
Legend has it that the Hawaiian Umbrella Tree brings good luck and fortune! It’s a beautiful evergreen plant with glossy dark green leaves that make an umbrella shape (hence the name). It’s very easy to grow and care for, especially because it’s adaptable to any lighting conditions, so you can have it by the window for indirect sunlight, but it also thrives in artificial light.
Where to buy: Amazon, $17.99
11. Best Winter Pot Plants - Lucky Heart/Sweetheart Hoya (Hoya Kerrii)
This cutie is for the romantics out there. With its heart-shaped green leaves, which can grow to about 8 inches tall, this vining plant that’s native to Thailand makes for an excellent indoor plant. It likes bright light with a little bit of shade, and it even blooms in the summer. Its heart-shaped leaves make the Hoya a popular gift for special occasions (so set a reminder for Valentine’s Day).
Where to buy: Amazon, $18.99
12. Best Winter Houseplants - Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)
Owning a Ficus plant is like having your own little jungle. It’s a tree for indoors! They maintain their tree-like shape regardless of their size, so they look good as a tiny little bonsai on a table, or a massive houseplant on the floor. For something unique, you can braid or twist the pliable trunk into different shapes (perhaps get a gardener to do it if you’re unsure). A little more high-maintenance than some of the other plants on this list, make sure to read up on how to care for your Ficus.
Where to buy: Amazon, from $18.99
13. Good Winter House Plants - Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
Although its name sounds like a put-down, the Dumb Cane is a beautiful and popular air-purifying plant with large colorful leaves. The name actually comes from its poisonous properties; if the leaves are chewed, they can cause a temporary burning sensation, swelling, and inability to speak. It loves being indoors and adapts to bright, indirect light, or shade. Just don’t eat it.
Where to buy: Amazon, $21.45
14. Good Winter House Plants - Yucca
If you don’t have a lot of natural light at your place, the Yucca is the perfect plant for you because it thrives in the shade. This wild thing has long, dark green leaves and will live a long, long time as long as you water it every day or two to keep its soil damp. Random piece of information: The "yucca flower" is the state flower of New Mexico!
Where to buy: Amazon, $21.90
16. Hardwearing House Plants - Succulents
If ever there was a plant made for self-professed forgetful (or lazy) folk, it’s a succulent. These drought tolerant little beauties are super easy to care for. Succulents need very little water to survive so won’t promptly drop dead if you go away for the week. Since they come in all different shapes and sizes, you’re bound to find something you love, and this collection of 12 mini succulents has something for everyone.
Where to buy: Amazon, $29.99
17. Winter Indoor Blooming Plants - Poinsettia (Euphorbia Pulcherrima)
You might know the Poinsettia by its other name, the “Christmas Flower.” The low maintenance Poinsettia is popular this time of year and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. Indigenous to Mexico, this plant is also known as the “Mexican Flame Leaf,” and its bright red leaves make it a great statement piece. Once the flower (cyathia) drops, the bract will hold its color for up to two months. This set of three mini Poinsettias in burlap-wrapped glass pots makes a great gift.
Where to buy: Amazon, $30.11
18. Winter Indoor Plants Flowers - Orchids (Orchidaceae)
Beautiful and fragrant, you can’t really go wrong with an Orchid. Popular with interior designers, Orchids will complement any space they occupy and only need watering once a week. With proper care, blooms will last 8-12 weeks but the plant itself is very long-lasting and will re-bloom once or twice a year.
Where to buy: Amazon, $30.84
19. Winter Indoor Garden Plants - Lace Leaf (Anthurium)
If you want more than once or twice-yearly blooms, why don’t you try the Lace Leaf Anthurium? The Anthurium will continually bloom with proper care, and the more (indirect) light it has, the more blooms it will grow. The flower is a beautiful bold red that resembles the shape of a heart, hence its other name, the “Ace of Hearts Anthurium”. They are very easy to keep alive as long as they are regularly watered.
Where to buy: Amazon, $37.81
20. Winter Indoor Flowering Plants - Gardenia Bonsai
Beautiful, elegant, sophisticated… and, as to be expected, high-maintenance! This wonderfully fragrant diva of a plant is notoriously hard to grow and take care of, but if you do your research and have time and patience, you’ll be rewarded with the unique atmospheric beauty and year-round foliage that the Gardenia provides. If you love your Gardenia, it will love you back for years and years.
Where to buy: Amazon, $39.98